Pte. Tom G. Davis – One of the 170+ men pictured on the honour boards held at Mosman Library. Learn more about this man.


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Welcome to our team space. A key part of this project is sharing the work done ‘behind the scenes’. Learn about digital tools and technologies. Explore online sources relating to World War One.


Janis’ memory, dear to us.

Sadly our colleague Janis Papanicolaou passed away on 2/05/2018. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.


The microfiche machine in Local Studies where Janis spent many hours indexing the ‘Mosman Daily’

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Souveniring history: Lt. E.C. Banks and the Red Baron’s last flight.

Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen was known by many names.
le Diable Rouge, the Red Falcon, the Red Devil. Lieutenant E. C. Banks of 3 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, fought an aerial battle with The Red Baron, just before he was killed on the morning of the 21st of April, 1918.

Fokker Triplane

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Darragh Christie · 21 April 2018 · # · Comment


Capt. Allport, MC: Air war over the Western Front

‘My observer, Arthur Hammond, a Canadian who saw them first, got a good burst into one of them, which went down in flames.’ B&W illustration by Derek White. (Signed DW’69.) Reproduced with permission from the Australian Society of WW1 Aero Historians

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Fledgling wings: Lt. Taylor inspires Gunner Allport.

Capt. P.G. Taylor in the cockpit of an Se5a.Capt. J.M. Allport stands beside his Re8.

‘Bill’ Taylor and Jack Manning Allport’s paths crossed, albeit briefly, in England’s green and pleasant fields. At the time 2nd Lieutenant Taylor was training to be an aviator, and Gunner J.M. Allport was looking to the skies…

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Margaret Preston and the healing arts

Some of the shell-shocked soldiers to whom Preston taught basket-weaving at the Seale-Hayne Neurological Military Hospital, Devonshire (UK). Preston is just out of camera to the right, but her black Scottish Terrier ‘Little Jim” can be seen sitting next to her in the bottom right-hand corner.

After the 1914-18 war Margaret Preston lived, and created artworks in Mosman.

During the war, Margaret and friend Gladys Reynell got the chance to help rebuild shattered lives.

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Darragh Christie · 21 February 2018 · # · Comment [2]


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